Rough Start Ends MLC Season
MANKATO, Minn. - The MLC men's basketball team trailed by as many as 22 points in the first half and was never able to come back in a 64-52 loss at Bethany in the quarterfinals of the UMAC Tournament Tuesday, ending the Knights' season.
Bethany took control of the game after the Knights took an early 4-2 lead two minutes into the game with a 28-4 spurt over a 12 minute stretch to take a commanding 30-8 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half.
MLC chipped away at the lead at the end of the first stanza, cutting the deficit to 17 points at 40-23 at the half, but it would prove to be too much to overcome.
The Vikings were efficient on the offensive end in the first half, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and making four of their six attempts from beyond the three-point line, while the Knights struggled to a 9-27 half shooting.
The Knights continued to fight in the second half, cutting the Viking lead to nine points with 8:36 remaining in the second half at 52-43, but it would be the lone time in the last 30 minutes of play that the Bethany lead was cut under double figures. The Vikings responded with an 8-0 run to put MLC away for good.
Nathan Bauer (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside) led the Knights offensively with 12 points, while Greg Holzhueter (Mankato, Minn./MVL) finished with nine points, four rebounds and four assists. Ryan Kolander (Brookfield, Wis./WISCO) led the team with eight rebounds.
With the loss, MLC finished the season at 7-17 overall, while Bethany moved on to the UMAC semifinals with a record of 10-15.[BOX SCORE]